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Why Western?  

Click here to read our very own Dr. Bruce Briney explain what made him choose Western.

  Audition Dates 2013-2014

-December 7, 2013

-January 11, 2014 (Chicago Location TBA)

-February 8, 2014

-February 17, 2014 (President's Day)

   Contact the auditions coordinator, Yvonne Oliver, to schedule your audition. Audition requirements and materials can be found here.

Past Visitors to WIU with support from the Department of Music and the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, the WIU Brass Area has hosted concerts, lectures and masterclasses by:

  • Dale Clevenger, Principal Horn- Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Thomas Jostlein, Horn- St. Louis Symphony
  • Dave Griffin, Horn- Chicago Symphony
  • Boston Brass Quintet
  • Chicago Brass Band
  • Manny Lopez, Quad Cities-Freelance Trumpet 
  • Gaudete Brass Quintet
  • American Brass Quintet
  • Chicago Brass Quintet
  • Chicago Trombone Quartet
  • Dallas Brass
  • Interlochen Horn Quartet
  • Kansas Brass Quintet
  • Louisville Brass
  • Millar Brass Ensemble
  • Posaunenwerke
  • Trombones de Costa Rica
  • Wisconsin Brass Quintet
  • Lisa Bontrager, Professor of Horn, Penn State University
  • Daniel Bourge, horn, Paris Opera
  • Doug Campbell, horn, ret. Michigan State University
  • Ellen Campbell, Professor of Horn, University of Oregon
  • Eric Carlson, trombonist, Philadelphia Orchestra,
  • Vincent Cichowicz, Professor of Trumpet (ret), Northwestern University, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Abbie Conant, international trombone soloist
  • Orbert Davis, jazz trumpet soloist
  • Vince DiMartino, Professor of Trumpet, Centre College, soloist and past ITG President
  • Jennifer Dugle-Kummer, commercial horn recording artist
  • Jon Faddis, Dizzy Gillespie expert, jazz trumpet artist
  • Nancy Fako, horn, Farkas biographer
  • Maynard Ferguson, jazz trumpet soloist and band leader
  • Brian Friedrickson, Arnold Jacobs biographer
  • David Greenhoe, Professor of Trumpet, University of Iowa
  • Lowell Greer, international horn soloist
  • David Griffin, horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Tim Hagens, jazz trumpet soloist
  • John Hagstrom, trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Eva Heater, Historical Brass Society
  • Thomas Jostlein, horn, Omaha Symphony
  • Todd Kelly, Professor of Trumpet, Bradley University
  • Stephen Lawson, horn, Lawson Horns
  • Susan LeFever, horn, NY freelancer
  • Ron Modell, Professor of Trumpet (ret), Northern Illinois University
  • Paul McKee, jazz trombone soloist
  • Vaughn Nark, jazz trumpet soloist
  • Andrew Pelletier, horn soloist and competition winner
  • Arturo Sandoval, jazz trumpet soloist
  • Lowell Shaw, famed hornist
  • David Smalley, horn, NY freelancer
  • Crispian Steele Perkins, trumpet soloist and period instrument specialist
  • Virginia Thompson, Professor of Horn, West Virginia University
  • Clarendan Van Norman, horn, Metropolitan Opera
  • Charlie Vernon, trombone, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Keith Winking, trumpet, Texas State University
  • Willard Zirk, Professor of Horn, Eastern Michigan University
  • Roger Ingram, Commercial Lead Trumpet
  • Steve Hawk, Professor of Trumpet, Slippery Rock Unviversity
  • Wycliffe Gordon, Jazz Trombone and Trumpeter
  • Chestnut Brass Company
  • Pharez Whittead, Director of Jazz Studies, Chicago State University
  • Bria Skonberg, Jazz Trumpeter and Vocalist 
  • Bobby Shew, Jazz Trumpet soloist
  • Axiom Brass